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Memory Games for Stroke Recovery

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It takes a lot of effort to help stroke victims retrain their memory. Short-term memory loss is a huge hurdle to overcome and the road ahead may seem long and arduous. Luckily, playing games can help you guide a relative whilst rehabilitating their memory. Not sure what we mean? Here are some ways to help a relative retrain their memory. Any sort of game that utilizes visual learning is a great learning outlet. Visual aids help the brain restore some cognitive ability and associate words to literal objects. It’s a slow process but it helps clearly distinguish separate objects. Examples of visual games Pairs: A game where players try to pick two of the same cards. Excellent for training memory to recognize multiple objects. Spot the Difference: A great way for the brain to pick out the more detailed differences between similar pictures. It helps the brain improve both visual and spatial awareness. Aside from visual aids, word-based games are also beneficial to retrain memory. When handling long-term memory loss, your relative may need to re-learn basic analytical and thinking skills and word games are excellent for improving this. Examples of word games Word searches: This game forces the player to focus on...
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Adapting your home after a stroke

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Nothing marks a successful recovery from a stroke like regaining your independence but adapting your home may be necessary to do just this. Some changes may require major alterations and others might be slight tweaks but each change is made to fit your condition. The needed modifications will always vary however these general tips can guide you when seeking professional assistance. Sleeping There are plenty of aids designed to help you access your bed and rest comfortably. You may raise or lower the bed to adjust it to the most convenient height. You can also invest in an electric or medical bed that can automatically adjust the angle that you lay at making it easier to get in and out of it. At night, in case you are unable to reach the bathroom on time, you can place a commode chair next to your bed and this will help avoid accidents. Accessing clothes & dressing Ensure you have easy access to your clothes by changing the type of handle and store your frequently used clothes in the most accessible drawers. When aiming to dress, you ought to do this using the simplest methods possible. You can do this by getting...
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Overcoming aphasia after stroke

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One of the main impairments after suffering from a stroke is aphasia. This condition impairs the victim’s ability to communicate with others. Suffering from aphasia profoundly alters daily activities, as well as aspects of social and professional life. There are plenty of tips that stroke survivors can do to improve communication skills and social interactions alongside speech therapy. For the patient: Be Patient. Frustration is perfectly natural but you should learn what the best ways are to keep communicating with your relatives. Initiate conversation in one-on-one situations with a family member of someone you are comfortable with. Ensure a quiet environment and limit background noise by turning off tv and music. Use gestures or picture books. If you are able to, feel free to write or draw images to supplement verbal expression.  For family members: Always remain open as you learn what aphasia is and what are the best methods of communication. The survivor experiencing aphasia can usually still hear perfectly so they just need you to communicate differently towards them. Adapt the way you communicate by using yes / no questions. Reducing the length and the complexity of the conversations - together with using gestures to emphasize important points - may also help communicating...
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Don’t let a stroke strike when you’re young

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Contrary to what many people think, young people can be just as vulnerable to an ischemic stroke as the elderly might be. They can strike out of nowhere and alter your life forever. There’s a better chance of making a full recovery though if you are younger and get your life back to normal. So just how vulnerable are young people to strokes? Many young people believe they are impervious to strokes considering themselves to be in their prime. However, a stroke can strike at any moment without any warning signs. This is very rare but some conditions and habits could put you more at risk such as: Underlying conditions Some conditions may put you at an elevated risk of stroke. If you are diabetic or have a clotting disorder, you may be at a higher risk than other young people. Always regularly checking in with your doctor helps you manage your conditions and minimize any possible issues. Obesity Anyone who is overweight will be potentially susceptible to having a stroke. If you have a poor diet, this considerably elevates your risk especially if you eat foods high in salt. Avoiding ready meals and fizzy drinks will help you maintain...
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Getting back to work after a stroke

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One of the biggest questions any stroke victims ask themselves during their recovery is will they ever work again. After everything you’ve been through, a return to the professional world marks a big step forward in the recovery process. Likely, any return to work won’t be the same as what you have known previously but it isn’t necessarily the end of your career. So how can you return to work after your stroke? Before plunging back into a return to work plan, you need to be both mentally and physically prepare yourself for returning into the public domain. There are lots of things to consider but some strategies are vital to ensuring a successful transition such as: Speak to doctors and therapists about your abilities There is nothing more important than knowing what your limits are. Speaking to both your doctors and occupational therapists is a must as they can give you an indication of what you can and can’t do comfortably. Heed their advice and ensure you are cleared before saying yes to any work opportunity Talk to your employer Before returning to work, have a chat with your manager and see how they can adapt the role to...
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Looking for a book on stroke?

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When looking for the best books on strokes, there is a lot to take into consideration. Do you look for stories about rehabilitation and recovery? Or look at the literature that breaks down the science behind the madness. Nowadays, books come in all forms from audiobooks to eBooks as well as the classic paperback. Reading up on testimonials and stories from survivors and close acquaintances gives a unique perspective on what works and what people go through. So where to begin? My Stroke of Insight By Jill Bolte Taylor (2009) This is the ultimate stroke survival story. Based on her own experiences, Jill Bolte Taylor goes into everything that inspired her recovery as well as using her knowledge as a neurologist to get a better understanding of what happened to her. An essential read for any stroke survivor and their loved ones. Available in all media formats – originally in English The Diving Bell and The Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997) One of the strangest but most famous books ever written. A book that was fully transcribed by reading Bauby’s individual blinks, it tells the story of the Frenchman’s struggles with locked-in syndrome after having a stroke. Broken down into sections,...
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Reigniting your social life after a stroke

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Recovering from a stroke can be a daunting process especially when it comes to socially reconnecting with others. However, restarting your social life is a key part of any rehabilitation phase. Reconnecting with others is key to enjoying a normal life and there are some great ways to get going again. So, what are the best ways to reigniting your social life? A big part of re-engaging with close associates is by overcoming the mental hurdles that may cloud your mind. It’s natural to develop a fear of reconnecting with others after such a traumatic event but that doesn’t have to be the case. Some things can help you mentally prepare for returning to the social fold such as: Don’t live in fear   You may fear that people may think differently of you. That isn’t the case at all. Many people will be glad to reconnect with you and value your presence around them. Never be afraid to reach out to friends and family as they’ll likely seek a warm embrace with you. Lifting an emotional burden You may think relying on your friends and family could add tension to your relationships. However, spending time with your loved ones has...
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3 Easy steps to help preventing stroke

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Strokes are a devastating event changing lives in an instant. Believe it or not, many stroke incidents can potentially be avoided through a few simple steps. Not sure what we mean? Let us take you through a few lifestyle changes that will help prevent you from suffering a stroke. You may always think that the “five a day” recommendation is a cliché but it is very much a home truth. The healthier you eat, the healthier you stay. Enjoying a good, balanced diet works wonders for your health and reduces the possible risk of a stroke happening or reoccurring. Moderate salt levels Salty foods are a big contributor to high blood pressure – a key trigger for causing strokes. Reducing your salt intake may maintain your blood pressure within a normal range, so try avoiding foods high in salts such as chips, ready meals, and cured meats. Eating natural products The “five a day” routine is well known but there is a good reason for it. The natural antioxidants in many fruit and vegetables supply plenty of vitamins and minerals that can help the body stay healthier for longer. Avoid alcohol consumption Alcoholic drinks could increase your blood pressure or...
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